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Everyday Heroes: SWAT Coordinator

5/15/19
Grainger Video Team

The SWAT team at the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office uses practice facilities to stay prepared so the can resolve any situation peacefully.

Luke Chang:
I'm Luke Chang with the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office. I am a detective with the department, assigned to a drug task force, but my additional duty is SWAT Training Coordinator. This is a week long training for our SWAT team and bomb squad. Like I said, it takes a couple months to prepare all the coordinating for the civilian side, with the buildings, and the different venues that we are going to train at. And then trying to get all the scheduling for the department handled, that can be a logistic nightmare in and of itself. Even locally, within the past year, we were very busy with the Azana Spa shooting, the Sikh temple incident. We deployed to both of those locations, and we're part of it, instrumental in the resolution of each one.

You take a look at the national level. The naval shooting on the base there, Denver, the Sandy Hook incident. All those are just reminders that we as a department, and more specifically, as a SWAT team and EOD team need to stay vigilant and prepared. What better time to do it, when we have a facility like this that we can train in. We are practicing less lethal right now. Which is taking place behind me. We're also doing, later on this afternoon, manual breaching, break and rake, and explosive reaching.

Well, that's less lethal. What that is is, firing a 40mm projectile similar to something like this. And we call it less lethal, because it's designed to disable, disrupt, but not permanently harm someone. What we'll be doing this afternoon is called break and rake. And they are just longer poles, with a couple handles on. And we use to breach windows, clear them out so that if the team needs to, they can use a window as a port or a secondary entry point. When we show up to a scene, real world, and we get the job done. We show up, we know what we're doing, we're prepared, and we resolve it as peacefully and efficiently as possible. That's what makes it all worthwhile.

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